- My iPhone is my brain! I use it to keep lists, my calendar, for news, and communication. I am so lost with it. I feel like I can't function.
- My husband is indispensable! We depend on each other for monetary and emotional support. We also depend on each other for parenting support. I don't know what I would do without him. I have great respect for people who are single parents. That must be the most difficult job in the world.
- My family is very supportive. Each one supports me in their own way. The oldest helps out a lot around the house, especially with the youngest. My son, the middle child, is my resident tech specialist. He helps me out when I have technology problems. The youngest is my shadow. She is always with me and always knows how to comfort me when I am upset. She and I are extremely close.
- My co-workers help support me when things get stressful at work. We vent to each other when things are tough at work. This really helps because then we don't take things home to our families. The last 2 years, we have not been able to eat lunch all together as in the previous years. This has been tough on us.
- My parents are there for me when only the advice from a parent will do. They are always willing to offer an ear and are never judgemental. I can call them for anything and they will help. When I was younger they offered monetary and emotional support. As I have grown older I look to them when I need advice or just need to talk.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” ~ Anonymous
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison (professor of psychiatry)
“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” ~ Leo Buscaglia (author, educator)
Children play today just like they have always have. However, the toys are very different than when I was growing in the 1970s. Many of the toys today don't allow the children to use their imaginations. They are often electronic and don't offer children the chance to use it in different ways. The best toys, in my opinion, are blocks, dolls, cars, trucks, trains, etc. Children need toys that foster their imagination.
I think it's important for everyone to play. It alieviates stress in children and adults. I love playing with my children. My daughter loves to color and I like to sit with her and color, too. It is very relaxing. Right now, my children and I really like to go the Six Flags and ride roller coasters together. I am having a great time playing with my children. Each new stage in their lives gives me the chance to remember and experience a different stage of play.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
· The relationships that I have built at work are (hopefully) going to help me become an effective early childhood professional. Once I finish this program, I want to open the first child development in my school district. My goal is to open it in conjunction with a specialized school for teenage parents. They will attend school in the same building as the child development center. They will work in the center in exchange for childcare. They, and other high school students, will be given the opportunity to work towards their CDA. In order to achieve this goal, I am going to have to draw on the relationships that I have built within the district.
Friday, October 28, 2011
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
In Australia, children who are gifted are allowed to attend school earlier than other who are not gifted. It is required that these children complete an IQ test given by a psychologist. Most children in Australia are tested for giftedness by a licensed psychologist at the parents expense. In some cased insurance companies may pay for the testing. Some children are tested within their school.
Gifted & Talented Children's Association of South Australia http://www.gtcasa.asn.au/site/index.php?module=faq&FAQ_op=view&FAQ_id=14
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Since I have special affinity for my country and I wanted to know more about what my grandmother lived through, I chose to research the great depression and how it affected children. I learned that many families crowded into one room shacks, lived in caves, or on the streets. Many men deserted their families resulting in more than 200,00 vagrant children. To save money, many families went without medical or dental care. They couldn't afford milk or meat which led to nutrient deficiencies. Many children were not able to attend school.
I can only imagine how difficult life must have been for children at this time. They were forced to grow up quickly and were not able to develop like a typical child. Due to malnourishment, brain growth and learning were affected. The constant stress would have affected every aspect of their development.
Source: Digital History. http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/learning_history/children_depression/government_responds.cfm
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Rates of SIDS in the United States as compared to other countries.
The information about the rate of SIDS in developing countries is not accurate. This is due to a high infant mortality rate from identifiable causes of death, such as respiratory infections, malnutrition, and diarrhea. Health officials are much more focused on preventing these types of deaths.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
My experience with my daughter, Olivia, five years later was wonderful. My water broke on a Sunday afternoon and we went to hospital that evening. Because I was not having any contractions yet, the nurse administered the Pitocin to speed things up. I was the only patient in L&D that night, so I had the full attention of my doctor and nurse. Things were very quiet and Olivia was born at 12:37 on Monday morning after about 45 minutes of pushing. I felt great the day she was born and was disappointed that I had to stay the mandatory 24 hours. I was discharged on Tuesday and went home and cooked dinner for the family and resumed my normal life, only with a new baby along.
I feel my experiences were so different for several reasons. First, I was much more prepared with Olivia. I had gone through it before, but I was also teaching prenatal development and birth as part of my child development and teen parenting classes. I was much more knowledgeable about the entire process and the possible complications. Therefore, I was much more relaxed the second time. When I had my son, my doctor had 2 other patients in labor and all the delivery rooms were full that day. They were in and out all day and were very rushed. It was noisy and because he was born in the daytime, there were many visitors in and out of the delivery room. With our daughter is was just my husband and I, the nurse, and the doctor. As for the postpartum depression, I think the fact that I was more prepared and the delivery went so well contributed to the fact that I didn't have it the second time.
Giving birth and being a mother is the most amazing experience in the world. Sometimes I look at my children and can't believe that these two amazing humans are mine.
I think the birth process plays a role in child development. The experience of the mother and her feelings after birth will affect the way she mothers her child. Post-partum depression can manifest in many ways and may be harmful to the baby. I know that I was probably a better mother to my newborn daughter than to my newborn son simply because I was better educated and the birth process went so well.
Olivia- 1 month; Tyler- 5 years
Friday, August 12, 2011
I-4.2: To promote cooperation among professionals and agencies and interdisciplinary collaboration among professions concerned with addressing issues in the health, education, and well-being of young children, their families, and their early childhood educators.
In order to serve children, it takes more than one person or agency. It is important to maintain professional and collaborative relationships within the community. For example, in my current position as a high school teacher, I refer students to our Family Specialist who can help them with social issues. My district offers parent education courses and I teach a parenting class to teen parents. We work with surrounding businesses to gain funding for some of these programs.
I-1.8: To support the right of each child to play and learn in an inclusive environment that meets the needs of children with and without disabilities.
All children, regardless of ability, should learn together. This is beneficial to the child with and without disabilities. My daughter spent two years in a program where typically developing children were mixed with PPCD children. It was a wonderful academic program, but it also taught her compassion for children who are differently-abled. I use this program as an example in my child development classes.
using new evidence based information to improve our practices while also responding openly to
the suggestions of others.
Friday, July 29, 2011
- NAEYC. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/dap
- NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on child abuse prevention. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/ChildAbuseStand.pdf
- NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on school readiness. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/Readiness.pdf
- NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on responding to linguistic and cultural diversity. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/diversity.pdf
- NAEYC. (2003). Early childhood curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation: Building an effective, accountable system in programs for children birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/pscape.pdf
- NAEYC. (2009, April). Early childhood inclusion: A summary. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/DEC_NAEYC_ECSummary_A.pdf
- Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. (2010). Infant-toddler policy agenda. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_pub_infanttodller
- FPG Child Development Institute. (2006, September). Evidence-based practice empowers early childhood professionals and families. (FPG Snapshot, No. 33). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap33.pdf
Note: The following article can be found in the Walden University Library databases.
- Turnbull, A., Zuna, N., Hong, J. Y., Hu, X., Kyzar, K., Obremski, S., et al. (2010). Knowledge-to-action guides. Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(3), 42–53.
Use the Academic Search Complete database, and search using the article's title.
Global Support for Children’s Rights and Well-Being
- Article: UNICEF (n.d.). Fact sheet: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf
- World Forum Foundation
This link connects you to the mission statement of this organization. Make sure to watch the video on this webpage
- World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Read about OMEP’s mission.
- Association for Childhood Education International
Click on “Mission/Vision” and “Guiding Principles and Beliefs” and read these statements.
- World Forum Foundation
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- The Division for Early Childhood
- Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
- Harvard Education Letter
- FPG Child Development Institute
- Administration for Children and Families Headstart’s National Research Conference
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Center for Child Care Workforce
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Institute for Women’s Policy Research
- National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education
- National Child Care Association
- National Institute for Early Education Research
- Voices for America’s Children
- The Erikson Institute
Selected Professional Journals Available in the Walden Library
- YC Young Children
- Journal of Child & Family Studies
- Child Study Journal
- Multicultural Education
- Early Childhood Education Journal
- Journal of Early Childhood Research
- International Journal of Early Childhood
- Early Childhood Research Quarterly
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Studies
- Maternal & Child Health Journal
- International Journal of Early Years Education
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I recieved this book from the Early Childhood Education department at Alamo Community Colleges at a workshop. It came with a CD that contains additional reading and video examples of DAP. I use this book in my Child Development course.
Scholastic Early Childhood Today
Teaching tips, strategies, and acitivites for the early childhood classroom
Early Childhood News
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
"Attachment to a baby is a long-term process, not a single, magical moment. The opportunity for bonding at birth may be compared to falling in love—staying in love takes longer and demands more work." ~T. Berry Brazelton http://quotes.dictionary.com/Attachment_to_a_baby_is_a_longterm_process)
"...when we’re talking about early childhood development and education, we’re talking prenatal to five years old. Learning begins right away. The neuroscientists show that if the child is in a stressful environment during these early years, the brain doesn’t develop properly. There was a famous study by Dr. Bruce Perry on the orphans in Romania. They were put in cribs and virtually ignored, except for feeding time. At age three, their brains were about a third smaller than what they should have been."~ Art Rolnick (http://www.clevelandfed.org/Forefront/2010/09/ff_2010_fall_05.cfm)
"We argued that early childhood development is economic development, and the research shows it’s economic development with a high public return—very high."
~ Art Rolnick (http://www.clevelandfed.org/Forefront/2010/09/ff_2010_fall_05.cfm)
"We, as professionals, in the early childhood field, have to opportunity to shape a child's life for the better." ~Sandy Escobido in "The Passion for Early Childhood"
Friday, July 15, 2011
First, I have to name my parents, who are still happily married after 46 years. I really think that they were the people who played the most significant role in my development. They are the reason that I am a successful adult today.
My Mom: She was always there for me and providing loving guidance and support throughout my life. I would consider her to be my best friend. (I admit, there was a time in my teens when she wasn't, but that's normal right?) I owe a lot to her. She loved and supported me no matter what. Through good decisions and bad, she was there and was never judgemental. My favorite saying of hers is, "When one door closes, another one opens." She always said this to me when I was disappointed about something. Sometimes I hated hearing that, but she was right. As I age, I realize how much wisdom my mother shared with me. I will always love her and she will always play an important role in my life.
My Dad: My dad is so smart and can do anything. He is my superhero. When I was young, he was the coach of all my basketball and softball teams every year until I started playing for the school in 6h grade. He could fix anything and knew everything about everything. To this day, I still call him when I have a problem about almost anything. He is an extremely hard worker, but always found time for his family. What I love most about him now is how he interacts with his 5 grandchildren. He loves them so much and it shows.
Three more to go....
I will start with my Grandma Nelson, my Mom's mom. She was a quirky soul. She was ornery, but she loved my brother and I so much. We were her only grandchildren. I didn't get to see her very much since she lived in the Edinburg, Texas, (down south in the Rio Grande Valley) and we lived in Lubbock (in the panhandle). It was a long drive and my parents weren't able to make it home very often. We did go more when we moved to Plano (a suburb of Dallas) when I was ten. My brother and I called her the fun grandma because she would take us to the park and hang upside down on the monkey bars. Shortly after we moved to Plano, grandma started to change. I was 10 then and we finally got a diagnosis when I was about 15. Grandma had alzheimer's disease. It was so hard to see her slip away. She forgot my name, she called me one of her sister's names, then she didn't know me at all. She became confined to a wheel chair, then a bed, and finally passed away on August 21, 2009 at the age of 96. I have missed her a lot longer than 2 years and it still makes me cry thinking about her.
Two more to go....
I could name some teachers:
- My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Schwartzenbach, from Williams Elementary school in Lubbock, Texas. I remember she was very caring and kind. She had also been my brother's teacher and my mother always commented on how much she liked her. I also remember the photographer could not get her name right on the board for the class picture.
- My third grade teacher, Miss Hess. I remember how nice she was to me.
- Mrs. Baber, my middle school history teacher. She was so nice and worked at Dillards in the evening.
- My 12th grade marketing teacher, Mrs. Begis at Plano Senior High school. She never marked me tardy even though I was late every day.
I think for the last 2, I will pick my Grandma and Grandpa Test, my Dad's parents. They were not the fun grandparents, that was Grandma Nelson, but they loved my brother and me. They ended up with 4 grandchildren, my brother and I and then 12 years later, my cousins in Ohio, who I have seen 4 times my entire life. I have learned more about them from Facebook than from seeing them in person. I guess you have figured out that we were not a close family. Sometimes I think that is why I married my husband. His family is so close and they always have big family gatherings. Anyway, back to my grandparents, they did the best they could. They weren't affectionate people. I think a lot has to do with the way they were raised and the time period. They were born in 1915 and times were hard back then. Anyway, I felt loved by them and their influence contributed to my strong sense of family. I cherish the china my grandma gave me for my wedding gift. It had been her mother's, my great-grandma's, who I am named after. It is Haviland and is very unique. I proudly display it in my china case and tell everyone who asks all about it. Grandma is still alive, I need to visit her this summer. Grandpa passed away December 18, 1995.
So those are my five people. Each one of them has played a role in who I am today. I thank them, because I am happy and well-adjusted. I can only hope that my children turn out the same way.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Tyler attended a NAEYC certified preschool from the time he was 3 until he started Kindergarten. When he first started, I imagined my refrigerator filling up with his artwork. Weeks went by and he didn't bring anything home. Finally we met with the teacher and I asked her why Tyler wasn't bringing any artwork home. She explained to me that the program was child-centered and the children could choose the centers in which they wanted to work. She said Tyler was much more interested in the science center and rarely visited the art center. Occasionally the class would have a directed art activity that he would bring home. This piece will always be special to me because it was one of the few that Tyler chose to create on his own.
BTW, Olivia LOVES art and brings home lots and lots of it. My refrigerator is always full!
Friday, July 1, 2011
It's easy to love the 'good' child, but it's the 'not so good' child that really needs to know he's loved. Adults, myself included, are naturally drawn to the 'good' children and treat them differently, often making them our favorites. Sometimes all a child needs is to know they are loved and they will change their behavior. Not to mention the positive effects on their social/emotional development!
I've had my share of ill-behaved children in my classes over the years. I've been able to win over a few with this philosophy. Even in the ones I didn't win over, I hope I at least made a difference.